Jan Davis queries proposed Perth subdivision

A group of Perth citizens is concerned about plans for a new river-side subdivision.

An application submitted to the council details plans to subdivide a block of land at 21-43 Clarence Street, Perth, into a 28-lot residential property development. 

The land is currently owned by the Anglican Church, however an offer to sell the land has recently been accepted. 

Part of the land includes St Andrews Cemetery, however according to the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania none of the graves are located on proposed building site. 

Chairwoman of the Perth District Committee Jan Davis said the development was not well received by the Perth community. 

It is unknown who submitted the development application.

“It’s a prominent block in a heritage precinct,” Ms Davis said.

“It’s proposing 28 houses and it looks like the developer has just tried to put as many blocks on the land as they can.

“You don’t get opportunities like that to buy this kind of heritage land – it’s a special block of land and we have to get the development right.

“It’s the sort of development you would see out the back of Legana, but for a heritage area it’s just no good.”

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie noted the land in question is not in the heritage precinct. 

St Andrews Cemetery, however, is listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Registry.

Ms Davis said she was involved in a recent public meeting to rally against the proposed development. 

The 38 people in attendance voiced their displeasure that the application showed very little detail on how the proposed subdivision would affect the surrounding properties. 

“There are no provisions for drainage and we are worried about run-off issues,” she said. 

“The planning application is primarily a very basic traffic assessment and therefore does not provide sufficient information for detailed, informed community representation.

“It is therefore most unclear how the community or the council could assess such an application in any detail.”

The consultation period for the development ended on Monday.